Breaking the Ice with a Memoir


To kick off the first day of the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop, David Greenberg engaged the group in an ice breaker activity. He uses it every year because it never grows old.

David asked us to write our memoirs in five minutes.


Sounds impossible, right?

Well, there is a twist. The memoir was to be written with six words minimum and maximum.

Following are examples from the folks at the workshop:

Have you ever counted your freckles?

My God, I do love coffee.

Do I have to come inside?

Dark gray clouds with silver linings.

Where am I supposed to be?

I am a writer who breaks rules.

Fun, right? When I head back to work in August, I will try this activity with my students. I’m pretty sure I will have some hilarious student examples to share in a couple months.

If you try this out, please share your memoir as a comment.

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4 Responses to Breaking the Ice with a Memoir

  1. Amy C says:

    Love this idea of a 6 word memoir. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for the idea. I think I’ll incorporate this after my meditation practice when I journal. It’ll be a great way to try to sum up my day in 6 words…. so this is today’s memoir:

    “needing Nirvana in my mind’s noise”

    (It could very well be my life’s memoir… my mind is always busy) =p


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